I was really and truly writing my blog yesterday when some pretty impressive storms rolled in. Even though I am in the process of replacing the main components of my computer (motherboard, processor, memory, main drive) I really didn't want anything to happen to my current computer. I am awaiting delivery of the new SSD drive, and Keith should be changing things over in the next several days. The board arrived on Monday:
It should be a nice change, although it will be a bit of a chore to load everything up and get things in order. I expect it we may do the changeover this weekend.
Just to be safe, we disconnected everything from the wall for a time while the storm was passing through. There was quite a bit of thunder and lightening, and even though we have surge protectors, we felt it would be better to be safe than sorry. This meant, once again, that I didn't post a blog, as it was during the morning hours when I write.
I went on with my day and planned on working on my painting. Unfortunately, in the late morning I was doing some 'regular things' and one side of my back seemed to seize up. This happened to me last year and I was pretty much immobile for about a week. It certainly isn't fun.
I don't know if it is because I overdid at the gym or if it is because of the damp weather or just because I am getting older. Either way it is no fun. I can't really move around much at all, as there is a sharp pain just above my right hip. I talked to the pharmacist and am taking the proper medication to reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain. It sure slows me down though.
But I will just hobble through life smiling until life is better. I have too much to do to let it get me down. I found I can sit an paint for a while and even though I need to take breaks and walk around, I can at least accomplish something.
Last I posted, I was working on a new painting. Here is where I was at then:
The window was coming out nice, but hardly finished. I added some shading and a cool crackle finish by DecoArt and it really came out nice:
The fine crackle finish really looks beautiful:
I then started adding the main subjects. First a hat and some fun little mice:
Then the main subject of the painting, a black cat:
The cat isn't done by any stretch right now. Neither is the painting. There are several more details that need to be added in to make it look as I envision it in my head. But it is a good start and considering that I could only work on it at short spurts at a time, it is coming along.
This will be offered as a pattern on my site as soon as I am done with it. I hope to finish it up in the next few days.
Today is quite foggy and dreary out – probably a good day to stay in and paint. It really makes me appreciate the past weekend and my time out on the islands.
Even though I am not feeling my best, when I sit still I don't hurt. (Only when I move – lol!) Perhaps I will get even more accomplished because I am somewhat forced to stay in one place longer than three minutes.
I guess if I look hard enough, I can find good in anything . . .
I wish you all a wonderful day today. Have fun and enjoy whatever life sends your way.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"